How Drug Abuse & Misuse Can Lead to Epilepsy
Can drugs cause seizures? Yes, when certain drugs are consumed, an adverse reaction can occur which can result in epileptic seizures. In light of National Epilepsy Awareness Month, The Good Life Treatment Center experts are here to shed some light on the connection between drug abuse and this neurological disorder.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy, sometimes referred to as seizure disorder, is a term used to refer to a group of neurological disorders that are characterized by recurring seizures. Someone is considered epileptic when they experience two or more seizures that have not been provoked by any of the following:
- Chemical changes
Epileptic seizures are brought on by circuit issues within the brain. In many instances, these issues can develop as a result of:
- Issues with brain development
- Physical brain injuries
- Chemical changes to the brain
- Unknown causes
Signs of a Seizure
A seizure from drugs can look different from person to person, but there are some commonalities to look out for. Depending on the type of seizure a person is having, they can exhibit the following behaviors:
- Blinking rapids
- Staring off into space
- Crying out
- Losing consciousness
- Falling to the ground
- Muscle spasms
- Experiencing a strange smell or taste
- Inability to respond to stimuli for several minutes
Drugs That Can Cause Seizures
Although drug misuse and abuse can affect people differently, there are still a variety of drugs that can have an adverse effect on the brain. The following drugs can cause seizures or interact with seizure medications:
Unfortunately, having drug-induced seizures and prolonged drug abuse can lead to permanent chemical changes in the brain that can then develop into an epileptic condition.
Seeking Help at The Good Life Treatment Center
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